Bird of Prey Poodle

If you’re a small dog, you’d probably think that being snatched by a bird of prey and whisked into the sky wouldn’t be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Well, that’s exactly what happened to May the toy Poodle.

May plopped onto the grounds of a British Columbia nursing home on May 2. The nurses at Shorncliffe Nursing Home in Sechelt, British Columbia found the creature in very poor condition, with cuts on her back and multiple broken ribs. The lacerations told rescuers how she got there: clutched in the talons of a bird of prey. The dog had no identification and was also suffering from other maladies that led rescuers to believe she was a stray.

“In addition to the claw marks on her back and the broken ribs she sustained from the fall, all of her nails were so long they had grown into her paw pads and her teeth were badly decayed. We don’t know how long she had been wandering without care, but she was obviously very neglected. It’s ironic, but this bird may have saved her life,” said Shannon Broderick, branch manager of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Shelter workers named the poodle May because of the day she was found.

“It’s an absolute miracle that she survived, and we want to do everything we can to help her,” Broderick said.

A local veterinary hospital took care of May’s broken ribs and torn paw pads, but the SPCA is seeking donations to cover approximately $3,500 (U.S. $3,580) in dental work.

Check the SPCA‘s website here for information on how you can help.

Story By Elaine Furst For Dog Files